John D. Arwood heads up the team at JDA Company. He is also President of Arwood Site Services, a local site and demolition company in Jacksonville, FL and built a nationwide waste management and portable sanitation provider. Getting his start at a young age collecting, reusing, and recycling glass bottles, scrap metals and wood while working alongside his father, John Arwood learned the foundations that have led to over 30 years of success in the waste disposal and sanitation industry. Arwood has always been a forward thinker, an innovator, an entrepreneur who cares about the environment and the people around him.
Arwood has built his life and business on the foundation of hard work, biblical principles, honesty, and humility. This is a foundation he attributes directly to his father, who is an American Indian, and to his family upbringing. As a result he is known as a dependable, plain spoken guy, whose innovative ideas have driven positive change within the industry.
In 1997, seeing the potential of the internet as a tool for future business growth, Arwood launched his company’s first website. In 2004 he began establishing a nationwide network of waste management and portable sanitation companies under Arwood Site Services. Today he oversees locally delivered waste disposal, demolition, portable sanitation, and storage rental services across the United States.
Caring for his community has always been a priority for John D. Arwood. Through personally funded and inspired initiatives like National Garbage Man Day, Waste & Recycling Workers Week, Space Waste Solutions, and The Recycle Guide, he continues to seek opportunities to raise awareness and educate about the waste management industry, garbage workers, and environmental conservation. In 2014 alone, Waste & Recycle Workers Week received recognition and proclamations from hundreds of state governors, mayors, and city councils across the United States. For Arwood, his joy comes from seeing more and more garbage collectors celebrated and appreciated in their communities for the hard work they daily accomplish. Continuing to look forward at ways to solve future waste management needs, John D. Arwood has launched Space Waste Solutions to explore potential solutions to the growing problem of orbiting space trash around the Earth.
Admittedly, Arwood agrees that running a waste management company alongside all the other initiatives of JDA Company is one of the most challenging jobs in America. Managing the unique personnel, dealing with the many job hazards of handling trash everyday, and serving such a wide customer base regularly presents issues that would make a hilarious reality television show but he loves it. What I care most about is doing what I can to make it better for everyone,” says Arwood. Commitment to family, caring for the community, and taking care of the environment have marked his life and continue to drive this visionary forward.